towers cking in, almost 4 weeks out

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Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 13
   Posted 3/10/2010 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
greeting all, thought I would ck in with Karl's progress. Well, we are happy with no incontinence, not worth wearing a urinary pad, so Karl tried a thin female pad, but still really no drip happening. Occasional drip when going from sit to stand. He is working the Kegel exercises at home and at work. He is up to 3 mile walks, no problem at all.
Dr. gave him a prescription for Vigara to start, he has 1/2 pill  3 times /week. Erection looks good with med, and some stimulation.
We have lots of hope, things will be returning to almost 100 % soon.
It's interesting how time moves, quickly, although when we started this journey in Sept 08, it felt like forever. It was scary and difficult to think straight. Karl and I look at where we are now, almost 4 weeks out from surgery, and it looks so hopeful. But most of all, Karl constantly repeats how happy he is that he has done something about the cancer, it's over, we move to keeping cancer free. He goes for first PSA test in early May, we pray that too is as promising as everything has gone since the surgery.
I say again, and can not say enough THIS SITE IS WONDERFUL, THE SUPPORT IT OFFERS, THE COMFORT,  it can not be repaid. I thank you again.
will continue to ck in  and read your posts, will continue to keep you in our prayers.
Patti with a smile smilewinkgrin  
54 yr civil engineer  good health, very active tennis player
last PSA reading  11/09    4.3 
biopsy back   12/28 positive  3/12
Gleason score 3+3    stage T1
pathology reports and DRE supports CA contained to prostrate
Open surgery scheduled Feb. 11th, Stanford  
Surgery performed as scheduled:  arrival at 9:30 am,  went under at 12:30pm
back in recovery 3:00pm
Successful removal of prostrate, nerve bundles spared, very little blood loss
Pathology report call in by Dr. Brooks: All good, original biopsy report accurate 3+3
margins all clear, lymph nodes clean, seminal vessels clean
Cath removal scheduled for Friday, Feb. 26th 
NO incontinence, occasional drip at standing from sit position
started Vigara 1/2 pill 3 times a week, good result with erection
First PSA in 3 months

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25355
   Posted 3/10/2010 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   

That's a very encouraging progress report about Karl. We love good news here too, makes us all feel good. Thanks for checking in, and please, stay in touch.

David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, Caths #13 & #14 same time, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days

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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2211
   Posted 3/10/2010 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update Patti. Sounds like a lot of progress and a lot of hope.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margin slightly involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only, now none
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10
Great family and friends

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 346
   Posted 3/10/2010 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad Karl is doing good and a good path report to boot. Let us know what the psa is, hopefully one of those zero's.
age 45
psa 3.09
Biopsy results 12/9
Left side base 3+3=6 21% 2/2 cores positive
Left side mid  3+3=6 100% 2/2 cores positive
Left side apex 3+4=7 88% 2/2 cores positive
Right side - 0/6
CT & Bone scan negative
Davinci Feb. 5th 2010/ cath removal 2/16
Extent of tumor-Bilateral
Extraprostatic Extension-Absent
Seminal Vesicles-Negative for tumor
Surgical Margins-Rt apical margin focally positive
lymphovascular invasion-Suspicious in areas of capsular involvement
Regional lymph nodes-One node negative
Stage-T2c NO Mx

Veteran Member

Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 3/11/2010 6:52 AM (GMT -6)   

Your update brought a big smile to me as well. Glad to see things are looking better for you guys. It would be great to see Karl's name added to the list of the members of the zero club. I hope to make it there some day. I will get an update on my preliminary application on the 22nd when I have my next post IMRT test. The first one didn't look promising but maybe we weren't done cooking yet.

Best of luck to you and Karl for the future,

60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4069
   Posted 3/11/2010 6:56 AM (GMT -6)   
What great news. Sounds like he is doing all the right things. I think the walking did a great deal for my healing as well. Well be looking for the report of the first PSA... turn

Cajun Jeff
AGE:58, 57dx. PSA 5.4
Biopsy: 9/08 Gleason 3+4=7
open RP: 10?08 Nerve sparing. Path Report : GS 3+3=6 Stg pt2c margins clear
Cath for 10 day. Dry day after removal of Cath
PSA @ 3 months <0.1
6 months <0.1
9 months <0.1
12 months <0.1
16 months <0.1

ED Started VED at 3 months, pills followed VCL none did much, tried MUSE at 9 months (YUCK) Hated it. 15 months out injections Caveject (succecc)

New Member

Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 14
   Posted 3/11/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Patti, congrats to Karl on his excellent progress. When did the Doc say he can start playing tennis again?
Diagnosed: June 2009
Age: 54
PSA: 8.0
Gleason: 3+3
Surgery, open Prostate: Jan. 4, 2009

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 3/11/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Patti, thanks for the update. Good news is always welcome news. smilewinkgrin
James C. Age 62
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man:
4/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS 3/3=6
9/07 Nerve sparing open RRP 110gms.- Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Stg. pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
32 mts: PSA's: .04 each test since surgery, ED Continues-Bimix .3ml PRN or Trimix .15ml PRN

Regular Member

Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 254
   Posted 3/11/2010 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news -
Diagnosed 9/09 at age 54  
PSA 6/09 1.3
Stage 2b (biopsy done because of firmness felt on right side) 3 positive cores out of 12 (all less than 25%) Gleason 6
Surgery  1/13/10 at UP- Penn Presbyterian - Dr David Lee. Home 1/14/10 Nerves spared on both sides -Catheter removed 1/19/10  Path report scheduled for 2/11/10
Pathology Report Gleason score was upgraded to 7 (3+4)
no capsular involvement, seminal vesicles clear, lymph nodes clear, negative margins, gland involvement 2-10%
Since report was good and recovery going well next appt is now  the first psa test appt scheduled for 4/22
Incontinence - Initial 6 pads a day, 3 Weeks - 3 pads a day relatively dry at night
ED - yes but seeing some improvements - levitra 10 mg 2x week

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